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If Our Presidential Candidates Think Drug Use Is a Health Issue, Here Are 8 Ways to Prove It

Tony Newman | Posted 01.29.2016 | Politics
Tony Newman

I appreciate the new rhetoric from the many candidates saying that drug use and addiction are a health issue, not a criminal issue. But there's a huge disconnect between this rhetoric and their actual policy proposals.

Who is Game to Help Homeless Addicts?

Allyson Aabram | Posted 01.13.2016 | Impact
Allyson Aabram

I reside in a California beach community that is frequented by tourists. Visitors are attracted to the laid-back surfer vibe and eclectic culture, but are generally unprepared for the visible homeless population of primarily young adults.

Sex, Drugs, & Incarceration: Why Decriminalizing Sex Work Needs to be Part of the Conversation

Rachel Katz | Posted 01.12.2016 | Crime
Rachel Katz

Laws prohibiting sex work are based on a moral code that doesn't fully consider the implications. If we are going to reform non-violent crimes like drug use and selling that are founded on societal beliefs, we also need to consider other non-violent crimes, regardless of stigma and moral objections.

The Top 10 Marijuana Policy Victories Of 2015

Rob Kampia | Posted 12.23.2015 | Politics
Rob Kampia

In 2015, state legislators considered bills to legalize marijuana in 21 states, decriminalize marijuana possession in 17 states, and legalize medical marijuana in 19 states. The table was set in other ways that will lead to a healthy serving of marijuana policy reform in 2016.

Bad (Prostitution) Laws Lead to Bad Cops: Just Look at What Happened in Oklahoma

Alison Bass | Posted 12.17.2015 | Crime
Alison Bass

In a rare case of justice being served, a police officer was convicted last week of multiple counts of rape and sexual assault on black women who live...

10 Facts on HIV and Sex Work

Katherine Koster | Posted 12.03.2015 | Impact
Katherine Koster

Sex workers are recognized by the World Health Organization, along with other major health and human rights organizations, as one of four key populations in the global fight against HIV/AIDS.

Is Operation Cross Country the Best Way to Fight Child Sex Trafficking?

Katherine Koster | Posted 10.29.2015 | Impact
Katherine Koster

The sweep netted 149 youth involved in the sex trade. It also led to arrests of 150 "pimps as well as other individuals." Rescuing "commercially sexually exploited youth" and catching their "exploiters" sounds like a great thing, right? Actually, it's a bit more complicated.

Rentboy Raid: the Stonewall for Sex Workers?

Katherine Koster | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Katherine Koster

If this is the "Stonewall" of sex work, let it not be the aftermath of Stonewall where a privileged minority colonizes and benefits off the work of society's "others."

Legal in Theory: Germany's Sex Trade Laws and Why They Have Nothing to Do With Amnesty Sex Work Proposal

Katherine Koster | Posted 08.27.2015 | World
Katherine Koster

Germany (and the Netherlands) have been swept into the ire over Amnesty's new Sex Worker proposal: "After Germany legalized prostitution in 2002, police reported it became much more difficult to target abusive pimps" Time Magazine claims.

Amnesty International: Please Protect the Most Vulnerable in Your Trafficking Debate

Kevin M. Ryan | Posted 08.07.2015 | Impact
Kevin M. Ryan

Should prostitution be decriminalized? Few questions attract such heated debate, and few are as likely to divide people and organizations that believe they are championing the best interests of vulnerable people.

All Women, All Rights - Sex Workers Included

Serra Sippel | Posted 08.05.2015 | World
Serra Sippel

Criminalization creates an environment of stigma, discrimination and systematic exclusion that prevents sex workers from accessing health and support services and increases their risk of violence and abuse.

An Open Letter on Suicide: I Will Not Criminalize You

Sierra Vandervort | Posted 02.17.2015 | Impact
Sierra Vandervort

Survivors of depression and suicide need help. We don't need Facebook likes; we don't need retweets; we don't need ribbons pinned on backpacks; we don't need you to buy T-shirts. We need to listen to each other. We need to be supportive.

If We Don't Kick Racism Out of Criminal Justice Now, Then When?

Substance.com | Posted 02.17.2015 | Politics
Substance.com

The failure of the U.S. criminal justice system to protect nonwhite people is at an all-time high. To begin any serious national discussion on radically transforming our criminal justice system, we must first confront our deepest beliefs about what truly makes each of us human.

Mirror, Mirror: Governor Chris Christie's Contradictory Views on Drug Addiction

Howard Meitiner | Posted 12.09.2014 | Politics
Howard Meitiner

Governor Christie is not alone in holding conflicting views about people struggling with substance abuse. For all the good he's done on charting the course on addiction, Christie recently missed a golden opportunity to take it to the next level.

Postcard From New York: Taking Control of Drug Policy

Michel D. Kazatchkine | Posted 11.09.2014 | Impact
Michel D. Kazatchkine

We who work in the field have known and railed against this unfair scenario for many years but what is different now are the incremental changes we are seeing in government attitudes that I believe are partly being driven by a growing change in attitude in the general community.

Matt Ferner

World Leaders Condemn Failed Drug War, Call For Global Reform

HuffingtonPost.com | Matt Ferner | Posted 09.09.2014 | Politics

A coalition of former international leaders gathered in New York City on Tuesday to discuss the release of their new report calling for a complete ove...

Matt Ferner

REPORT: World Leaders Call For Massive Shift In Global Drug Policy

HuffingtonPost.com | Matt Ferner | Posted 09.09.2014 | Politics

In a report to be released Tuesday, the Global Commission on Drug Policy, a panel of prominent political figures and activists, will call upon governm...

Friday Talking Points -- Courtin' Season

Chris Weigant | Posted 08.27.2014 | Politics
Chris Weigant

The end of June is an important time on the political calendar, but it is one which most Americans don't really think about all that much. It's hard to fault this, so let's take a quick run through the important decisions handed down in the past week.

Medical Marijuana Bill Advances in New York

The 420 Times | Posted 07.27.2014 | New York
The 420 Times

Senator Brad Hoylman, who voted in favor of the legislation, claims that the bill in question "is really about a simple concept, which is to alleviate suffering."

Ohio Rights Group Feels Good About Signature Gathering Efforts

The 420 Times | Posted 07.09.2014 | Politics
The 420 Times

Campaigners for legalizing marijuana for medical dedications in Ohio believe they've successfully gathered more than enough signatures that are required in order to have their measure placed on November's ballot.

Marijuana DUI Law Killed in California Legislature

The 420 Times | Posted 07.05.2014 | Politics
The 420 Times

A law that would have meant a DUI conviction if you had trace amounts of THC in your blood failed in the state legislature last week. Better luck next time.

O Canada! Will You Free Your Glorious Land of Prostitution?

Taina Bien-Aime | Posted 06.30.2014 | Impact
Taina Bien-Aime

Canada must acknowledge that gender inequality, race, incest and histories of oppression are the pillars of the sex trade, including prostitution.

Florida's Senate Passes Restricted Medical Marijuana Strain Legislation

The 420 Times | Posted 06.30.2014 | Politics
The 420 Times

Florida's House of Representatives hasn't committed to hear the bill as of yet, but Senator Rob Bradley has said that he was certain that the legislation would indeed be heard and possibly modified, then sent back to the Senate chambers.

Former Supreme Court Justice Claims Marijuana Should Be Legalized

The 420 Times | Posted 06.29.2014 | Politics
The 420 Times

Last week, during an interview with NPR's Weekend Edition Saturday, former Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens said that he believes our beloved federal government should legalize marijuana.

The Real Case Against Decriminalizing Marijuana

Terrance Hamm | Posted 06.16.2014 | Black Voices
Terrance Hamm

Times are pretty hard now. You can turn on the news and bear witness to all types of negative news stories. WTOP reports that unemployment rates are c...